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Research Guides

Citation Management Software: Home

A guide to the commonly used citation - or reference - management software available to the U-Idaho community.

Software Comparison

If you have any questions about using these systems, please contact the U-Idaho Library Reference Desk.






Clarivate Analytics Center for History and New Media/George Mason University Elsevier, Inc.


Endnote: and/or Endnote Web:

Desktop version

Web version - free to U-Idaho

Free as Firefox-based plugin or Zotero Standalone desktop application with plugins for Chrome and Safari

Free for use/basic storage (more storage available for fees, a.k.a. freemium)
Word Processor Integration MS Word MS Word and Open Office MS Word and Open Office
Attach files (PDF) to references




Extract metadata from a PDF

Older versions: Yes - if connected to Internet

Yes - if connected to internet


Citing from Web Yes - install bookmark Yes Yes - install bookmark
Sharing w/ Colleagues Yes Yes Yes
Direct Export from databases Yes; e.g. Web of Science "endnote" link Yes; e.g. Web of Science "other" link Yes.
Transfer libraries Yes - use .ris, .bib or Endnote XML Yes - use .ris or .bib Yes - use .ris or .bib or Endnote XML
Learning Curve Moderate Easiest Easy